Chief Executive Officer
Kash Pandya joined Helios Towers in August 2015 having previously been a board director with Aggreko plc, the world’s largest temporary power generation company, for eight years. This included five years as Managing Director, overseeing a doubling of its international business. Kash has worked for various engineering and manufacturing companies including Jaguar, General Electric Company, Ford Motor Company and Novar plc (then Caradon plc). In 1999, he joined APW Ltd., a global manufacturing services company, to lead all operations outside the US. In 2004, he became the CEO of Johnston Group, a publicly quoted company, leaving the business on its sale to Ennstone plc. Kash began his career through an engineering apprenticeship and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Engineering and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom Greenwood joined the Group in 2010. He was made Finance Director in 2012 before taking on the role of Chief Financial Ofﬁcer in September 2015.
He is responsible for all ﬁnance and IT activities. Tom joined the Group from PwC’s TMT Transaction Services team, where he focused on M&A and reﬁnancings, mainly in the telecommunications sector. He is a qualiﬁed Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Director of Sustainability and Organisational Development
Nicholas Summers has been Director of Sustainability and Organizational Development since January 2019 and a member of the Executive Team since 2015, when he was appointed Director of Corporate Services. Mr. Summers joined in 2010 after spending nine years with Vodafone both in the United Kingdom and abroad. His final role at Vodafone Group Plc was National Head of RAN Deployment for Vodafone Ghana (previously state-owned Ghana Telecom). Mr. Summers is the head of the London office. He is responsible for the Group’s HSE and Quality programs, for the oversight of the Compliance function, for developing and implementing the Group’s sustainability strategy and for the management of Group Human Resources.
Director of Delivery and Technology
Roy Cursley has been Director of Delivery and Technology since February 2019 and a member of the Executive Team since joining in October 2015. Prior to joining, Mr. Cursley was Head of Projects, Planning & Continuous Improvement at Aggreko plc, where he was responsible for the execution of temporary power projects, primarily in emerging markets. He delivered projects in 14 countries in Africa. Mr. Cursley has a wealth of experience in South Africa and the East Africa region and is an accredited Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Leon-Paul Manya Okitanyenda
CEO Helios Towers DRC
Leon-Paul Manya Okitanyenda has been the Chief Executive Officer of Helios Towers DRC since January 2015. Mr. Manya Okitanyenda was appointed Network Operations Director in February 2011. He has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining in 2011, Mr. Manya Okitanyenda worked as a Sales Supervisor for Oasis SA (now Tigo), Contract Execution Manager at Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Project Supervisor for MER Group. Before MER Group, he was Operations Manager for Venture and Logistics Manager at Plessey Company plc. Mr. Manya Okitanyenda holds a master’s degree in Economics Mathematics and is a citizen of DRC.
CEO HTG and HTSA
Jeffrey Schumacher has been the Chief Executive Officer of Helios Towers Ghana since 2015 and the Chief Executive Officer of HTSA since 2019. Mr. Schumacher joined in 2011 and has held senior positions during our set-up, launch and growth phases, including as Chief Executive Officer of HT Congo, Managing Director of Chad and Chief Commercial Officer of Helios Towers DRC. Prior to joining, Mr. Schumacher was an Investment Professional at Soros Fund Management where he was actively involved with Helios Towers since its formation in 2009. Mr. Schumacher holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering (magna cum laude) from Northwestern University in the United States.
MD Helios Tower Ghana
Fritz Dzeklo has been Managing Director of Helios Towers Ghana since July 2019. Mr. Dzeklo has worked with us since October 2012 and has held various other senior roles, including Project Director for HTT Infraco and Head of Projects for Helios Towers Ghana. In these roles, he was responsible for key structural and revenue projects deliveries across Tanzania and Ghana. Prior to Helios Towers Ghana, he was at Vodafone Ghana. He has experience in East Africa and West Africa, is a citizen of Ghana and is a certified Lean Six Sigma professional.
MD Helios Towers Tanzania
Ramsey Koola has been the Managing Director of HTT Infraco since May 2019. Mr. Koola joined Helios Towers in 2015 as head of NOC, later taking on the role of Group Head of NOC, in which he delivered technology upgrades and process improvements across the business. Prior to Helios Towers, Mr. Koola was a Technical Support Manager with Siemens Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd and CELLC (Pty) in South Africa and has over 20 years’ experience in the African telecommunications industry. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a citizen of Tanzania.
Chief Commercial Officer
Alex Leigh has been Chief Commercial Officer since August 2017. Mr. Leigh was appointed to the Executive Team in October 2015 and is responsible for the commercial, business development, M&A and Sales Excellence Program. Prior to joining the Executive Team, he served as Business Development Director covering M&A, equity raises and business development. Mr. Leigh has negotiated most of our major customer agreements, led our entry into South Africa and has been a key team member in our capital raising activities. Before joining us in 2012, Mr. Leigh worked at both UBS Group AG and Rothschild & Co, primarily advising telecommunications, media and technology companies in an M&A capacity. During this time, he was involved in numerous M&A transactions and leverage financed deals and provided strategic advice to large telecommunications, media and technology companies across Europe.
Director of Special Projects
Colin Gaston joined in October 2015 and has been Director of Special Projects since January 2019. Previously, Mr. Gaston held several senior positions at Aggreko plc from 2000 to 2013, including Operations Director for the International Business, Regional Director for West and Central Africa and Head of Logistics. He later worked as an independent consultant in Dubai from 2013 to 2015. Mr. Gaston has 20 years of international experience in senior management roles in Schlumberger Limited and is an accredited Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Colard Nkole Tshiyoyo
Helios Towers Congo Brazzaville
Colard Nkole Tshiyoyo has been the Managing Director of Helios Towers Congo since January 2020. Since joining the Group in 2011, Colard has undertaken many roles including Project Manager, Project Director and Head of Performance Engineering. Colard is a Civil Engineer from the University of Kinshasa and, since 2009, has been a Professor Assistant in the Civil Engineering department at the university and a certified Project Manager since 2016. He has 14 years’ experience in the telecom industry and before joining Helios, Colard was working for Airtel as the Site Supervisor in 2004 and then Project Supervisor in 2006. Colard is a Congolese (DRC) citizen.
CEO HTT, HTD and HTC
Philippe Loridon has been the Chief Executive Officer of HTT Infraco since January 2015 and the Chief Executive Officer of HT Congo and Helios Towers DRC since May 2019. Mr. Loridon was previously Chief Executive Officer of Helios Towers DRC between December 2011 and December 2014. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer at Equateur Telecom Congo, where he re-launched Equateur Telecom Congo in Congo Brazzaville. Prior to this, Mr. Loridon accumulated 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry with MNOs based in San Marino, Israel and Papua New Guinea. This included 13 years at Hutchison Whampoa, fulfilling senior roles in sales, marketing and business development before first becoming Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Sri Lanka in 1998, and then head of Hutchison Telecommunications’ Latin American operations between 2000 and 2002. He was also previously a Director at Be-Mobile.
Patrick ("Rico") Marx
Head of Tower Division, Helios Towers South Africa
Patrick ("Rico") Marx has been the Head of Towers at HTSA since HTSA Holdings acquired HTSA Towers (Pty) Ltd in April 2019. Mr. Marx co-founded and became director of SA Towers in 2014 after having founded several companies in the construction and telecommunications sectors since 2007. Prior to this, he began his career in banking before moving into financial services, where he worked as an investment specialist at both ABSA Group Limited, which was later acquired by Barclays Bank PLC. During his first year at Absa Group Limited, Mr. Marx had the fastest growing assets under management investment portfolio and was the number one broker for Old Mutual South Africa’s banking division. He holds a C.A.I.B degree in banking and also had several marketing diplomas from Randse Afrikanse University (R.A.U) Johannesburg. Mr. Marx is a citizen of South Africa.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Paul Barrett joined Helios Towers plc as General Counsel and Company Secretary in April 2020. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Barrett was Director of Legal and Company Secretary at RAC Motoring Services, a position which he assumed in July 2018. Before this, Mr. Barrett held interim positions as General Counsel of Helios Towers, Ltd. and Legal Director at Prudential plc. From 2006 until February 2017, Mr. Barrett was Head of Legal Affairs at Home Retail Group plc, the then parent company of Argos and Homebase and the UK's largest non-food retailer, where he played a key role in the sale of Homebase and the takeover of the remaining group by J Sainsbury plc. Mr. Barrett qualified as a barrister before moving into industry and has extensive senior management and board level experience, domestically and internationally, in both listed and private companies.